WARREN, NJ -  It takes a village, and some 30 Watchung Hills freshmen are making a difference in theirs. The teens started Save Our State: Stat! whose mission is to secure COVID-19 vaccination appointments for eligible New Jersey residents.

Their mission statement is:

Our organization is Save Our State: Stat! (SOSS). We are a non-profit organization of over thirty freshman high school students who want to help as many eligible people as possible get appointments to receive the COVID vaccine.

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We know how hard it is to try to get a vaccination appointment, so we want to help. It takes a village, and this village is only going to keep growing. We also recognize that the sooner New Jersey residents can get vaccinated the sooner we can start returning to our lives and doing the things we want to do safely.

We have a group of dedicated volunteers who try to secure vaccination appointments for any person who is a New Jersey resident and eligible to receive the vaccination under New Jersey state guidelines.

Our organization is led by Alexa Walters, a freshman at Watchung Hills Regional High School. We have a student led board and an adult advisor, Lisa Walters.

Our organization has over 40 members, 4 board members, 1 chairwoman, and 1 advisor who are trained to secure vaccination appointments. We started booking appointments on February 23th, and we have been extremely successful thus far. Upon entry into our volunteer program, members have to sign airtight contracts stating that they will not use any information for purposes other than booking appointments.

If you need an appointment or know someone who is eligible to receive a vaccination, but has not been able to schedule a vaccination appointment, we can help! We are also interested in any New Jersey freshman who are hoping to make a difference and gain community service hours. Please reach out to us through facebook at Save our State Stat!, or our email sosnjstat@gmail.com. If you would like to speak to our advisor, please call her at 973-699-1075. Please feel free to share our contact information.

Thank you so much to everyone that has supported us, a huge thank you to all of our incredible members, and we can't wait for what the future holds!